Instead of writing a super long and confusing post with a thousand pictures, I thought I'd try a video. I think it went well! My first vlog! EEK!
A few things about this video.
- It was fun to make and SO MUCH EASIER than typing it all out. I can see a future for me in vlogging! Maybe.
- My voice sounds super nasily. (Is that how I really sound?!)
- I also really sound like a Yooper. #heyyadontchaknow
- I have fat, pregnancy fingers. #sausagefingers
- I pause a lot to think of hard words like, "section" and "plastic sleeve."I'm blaming the pregnancy again.
- I say, "I'll talk to you later" at the end, but the truth is I might not actually talk to you later. Sorry about that.
- My 3 year old also has his own binder. His has a lot of the same things in it, but I need to make him a complete one, because every morning he wants to be on the SAME EXACT PAGE as the rest of us and he gets frustrated when he can't find it! :)
- When I watched this video on my blog is was very blurry--sorry about that!! Hopefully you can still get an idea of how the binder is organized. :(
I forgot to explain a couple of things:
- Before the school year starts, I make a chart (again, thanks Mystie for the inspiration!) with the entire year's CT work on it like this: (click on it to enlarge).
- We don't know ahead of time the Shakespeare passages because that is a part of our CM group, Excelsior Guild and one of the other moms picks a play out each term. And I have an "Other" section in case I think of anything else later.
- In the video I couldn't remember how many passages we memorize each year and it's 6; 2 per term. Our CM community meets once a month so we do 1 hymn and 1 folksong each month all year.
- IF we don't have something memorized after 6 weeks, I play it by ear. If it's a poem, I move it to the review section anyway, but things like the Apostle's Creed, we'll work on till we've got it down. If we've memorized something earlier than planned, I move it to review.
- I made all the printables myself. Yes, it takes
forevera while, but I enjoy it. I love finding the poems and pictures to go with them. :) Call me crazy! (I'm happy to share any, btw)
- Instead of having a "Daily, Even, Odd and 1-31 days" tabs like the Simply Charlotte Mason memory system, (I started out that way) I've done a "Daily" and each section (Passages, Poems, Bible, etc) tab. This takes much less time to go through and isn't as tedious.And honestly, we don't need that much review--once every week or so is enough!
Here's a link to my calendar printables: (let me know if the links don't work)
- Free Printable, Traceable Calendar with Holidays - 2016
- Free Printable, Traceable Calendar with Holidays - 2017
Links to resources mentioned:
- Mystie at Simply Convivial (link to her Morning Time page)
- Brandy at Afterthoughts
- Simply Charlotte Mason scripture memory system
- 24 Family Ways by the Clarksons
- Plan Your Year Calendar by Pam Barnhill - you have to sign up via email to get the free planning sheets.
- Bible Reading Chart
- Nancy at Sage Parnassus
- Celeste at Joyous Lessons Memory Work List
- Pam Barnhill's Memory Work List
- Brandy's Memory Work List
What are your favorite resources for your memory work/Circle Times?
And here's a preview of my calendar.
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